EFSA European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme 2021

Published: 22. dec. 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling candidates for its European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme 2021 - 2022

Please send us your application by no later than 15 January 2021 at midnight (local time) following the instructions in the ANNEX.


Are you an early to mid-career professional in the field of food safety1 looking for an exciting opportunity to boost your professional development? Do you want to be trained in the area of food risk assessment while acquiring hands-on experience in leading EU organisations in the food safety area? Then, the EU-FORA fellowship is meant for you!

For 12 months, you will be placed at a hosting site in Europe, outside your country of residence, where you will work on a work programme proposed by the organisation and approved by EFSA2. Along the fellowship, you are expected to join several weeks of mandatory training on different topics related to risk assessment.


The EU-FORA Fellowship is a competitive, 12–month paid programme for highly motivated professionals who want to contribute to the food safety of the EU.

With the “learning-by doing” approach of the fellowship programme, you will gain extensive knowledge of many scientific aspects related to food safety risk assessment:

  • how to select and apply risk–assessment methodologies,
  • how to collect and analyse relevant data,
  • how to use computer models in risk assessment,
  • how to provide effective risk communication.

In addition, you will benefit from several high–level trainings: a 3-week induction training at EFSA and further training modules along the 12 months of the fellowship, held in different capital cities around Europe3.

At the end of the fellowship, the technical report of your work may be published in a special issue of the EFSA Journal.


During the Fellowship, you will receive a monthly net subsistence allowance of 

€ 2,200 (multiplied by the yearly revised correction coefficients reflecting the cost of living in the country of the hosting site) for the 12-month duration of the fellowship.

To help you settle in, you will also receive an additional one-month allowance at the start of the programme.

You will be responsible for all other living costs. Please check the FAQs for further information.


You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:

I.  Eligibility criteria4

1. General requirements

  • Be national of a Member State of the European Union or EFTA state; 

  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;

  • Have a good knowledge of English language (at least B2 level according to CEFR).

2. Qualifications

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biometrics, biotechnology, chemistry, dietary exposure, environmental sciences, epidemiology, food science, food technology, genetics, health and food safety, human medicine, life sciences, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, natural sciences, nutrition, pharmacy, public health, statistics, toxicology, veterinary medicine or related areas.

3. Experience

To have less than 15 years of experience in food safety (including risk assessment, risk communication, risk management) related jobs.

In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.

II. Selection criteria

1. Technical competencies

i. More than two years of professional experience in performing scientific work or tasks related to food safety;
ii. Post-graduate degrees in a scientific area directly relevant to food safety.
iii. Current employment, including also fellowship or PhD studies, in a competent organization designated by the Member State or in an organization/firm relevant to food safety;
iv. Scientific publications (authorship or co-authorship) in a topic relevant to food safety;
v. Experience in a multicultural environment;
vi. Practical knowledge in IT tools relevant to food safety (e.g. assessment tools, modeling tools, statistical packages, toxicological tools, EFSA tools, etc.);

2. Behavioural competencies

vii. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;

viii.Working with others: Ability to ensure a productive exchange of information and ideas and listens effectively and will fully attention others. 

ix. Priority setting and planning: Ability to quickly focuses on the critical tasks and to work flexibly, to organize own work efficiently and to develop schedule.

x. Analysis and problem solving: Identifies critical facts in difficult issues.


[1] In this call, “food safety” is to be understood as a comprehensive expression including risk assessment, risk communication and risk management in any of the fields under EFSA’s remit.

[2]  Fellows are expected to be placed at the hosting site during the totality of the fellowship. Subject to the epidemiological situation in each hosting country, other arrangements may occur, and these will be duly discussed between EFSA and the hosting site.

[3]  Depending on the epidemiological situation, trainings can be organised virtually.

[4]  Where necessary, EFSA may ask to submit original supporting documents in the course of the fellowship.
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